By Sarah Murry, Newsroom Managing Editor, HP Inc. — May 5, 2017
Courtesy of HP
HP Chromebook x360 Education
Educators and policy-makers know that personal technology and broadband access are game-changers when it comes to improving outcomes for students—but far too many of the schools they attend lack the resources to provide them.
But for students who face significant challenges in their home lives, access to technology inside the classroom can help bridge the digital divide .
It’s one of the reasons why HP, a longtime-player in education technology , announced today it will launch a long-term HP Chromebook x360 Education Edition technology partnership with the Graham School, a program of the nonprofit Graham Windham .
HP is gifting each of the students and their teachers with top-of-the-line HP Chromebook x360 Education Edition convertible laptops and outfitting the school’s basement into a 21st Century “maker” lab with an HP Learning Studio that features a Dremel 3D printer and the innovative Sprout Pro by HP immersive workstation.
These technologies will not only help teachers improve their skills, gain time back in the classroom and draw from a wider variety of teaching tools, it’s also set to benefit the students who need the most support: the 300 at-risk students from socio-economically challenged neighborhoods the New York City metropolitan area and often have huge gaps in their education due to poverty, addiction, foster care and other hardships.
Moving the project forward
The donation from HP isn’t just a corporate “feel-good” moment for the company and the brand—HP is in it for the long haul. It has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, MRA , Intel and Digital Promise to ensure the success of the tech overhaul, including offering change management consulting, professional development and training, and ongoing support.
“They are going from a technology drought to a very rich, collaborative environment,” Schmedlen says. “This is a long-term relationship for HP.”
HP, in turn, will study the effects of the technology interventions with a rigorous longitudinal study that aims to track and report how student performance changes over time, and also determine if there are school-wide lifts in standardized test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and other measurable improvements.
“Because each student will have a digital footprint, we can collect evidence and learn where they are strong and where they might need more help,” Schmedlen says. “By going from analog learning to digital, we can use data to create predictive intelligence to improve student outcomes.”
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